Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Deodar Cedar
“Once you find the bright green, drooping tips of a deodar cedar, you will start seeing them everywhere,” says Sarah Low, executive director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation. “Deodar cedars — not to be confused with western red cedar (Thuja plicata) or eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) — are sometimes described as ‘elegant’ and they consistently live up to that description. In Tacoma, there is a particular nice deodar cedar at Titlow Park near the playground area. Check it out as now is an especially good time of year because their cones are prominent and look a bit like giant green eggs.”
This deodar cedar is this week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma, Peaks & Pints’ weekly Tacoma tree column. Inspired by our house beer, Kulshan Brewing Tree-dimensional IPA, Peaks & Pints branches out for a weekly look at terrific trees of Tacoma, in conjunction with our friends at Tacoma Tree Foundation.
“While they thrive here in our mild and damp climate, they are originally from the Western Himalayas,” continues Low. “In sanskrit, they are called devdar or devadaru meaning “timber of the gods.”
Check out the giant green eggs, and then head for a crowler fill of Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on their house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish.
Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints.